My Overplanned Camping List

Camping is a big part of our family life. We camp several times a year, which means we get more than one family holiday and can visit many places around the UK.

Planning is important though. There's nothing worse than turning up at a site and realising you left the tent pegs on the sofa, or forgot to put matches in. So I have a list, which I check just before we leave the house, to make sure we've not forgotten anything. There is always a random bag of stuff that gets flung in at the last minute!

Shops we use the most are Cross Camping and Leisure (aka,, Halfords, and Argos. Small accessories can be bought cheaply at Homebase, Tesco, Home Bargains, and Wilkos.

  • Tent (we have a Vango Colorado 800 DLX)
  • Footprint groundsheet (helps with pitching, protects bottom of tent from stones, and affords extra security from damp)
  • Carpet (Provides warmth and makes the tent feel comfortable)
  • Awning
  • Tent pegs and mallet
  • Bag of tools
  • Aerobed, including compressor
  • Camping beds
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags (we have Wynnster bags)
  • Extra blankets (because it can get cold, and no one wants to be miserable)
  • Electric hookup (EHU), extension cable, power extension leads, and 4-gang adaptors
  • Electric fan heater (for when you're camping in Norfolk in May)
  • Picnic table
  • Lanterns and electric light
  • Folding crates (for storage)
  • Matches
Cooking equipment
  • George Foreman grill and portable gas stoves
  • Spare gas cans
  • Mains-powered coolbox
  • Folding table to put cooking equipment on
  • Camp kitchen
  • Water carrier
  • Kettle (we have a whistling kettle and an electric one)
  • Electric toaster (you can buy camping toasters but we always get EHU so we take a cheap toaster)
  • Cutlery, plates, mugs, tumblers, plastic wine glasses, assorted pans, frying pan, chopping board, knife, scissors, cooking utensils
  • Plastic box to wash up in, kitchen spray, cloths, washing up liquid, kitchen roll
  • Salt, pepper, ketchup, tea, and coffee
Other items
  • Television
  • Wii
  • Apple TV
  • iPhones, iPads, and chargers (so we can blog and tweet!)
  • iPhone speakers
  • Windbreak
  • Outdoor fairy lights
  • Citronella candles 
  • Fly spray
  • Folding chairs
  • Picnic blankets
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Pair of crocs for everyone
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